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Chapter 20. Graphical Editors > Macromedia Dreamweaver

Macromedia Dreamweaver

By most accounts, Dreamweaver is the leader in professional Web authoring tools. While both GoLive and Microsoft FrontPage (discussed next in this chapter) have their strengths, those strengths tend to focus on integration—GoLive integrates well with other Adobe products, whereas FrontPage integrates well with Microsoft products. Dreamweaver, in many cases, is favored simply for its interface and its approach to Web page creation. Personally, I’ve come across a number of Web neophytes who have found that Dreamweaver helps them make sense of basic Web editing and updating—even the actual process of sending files to the server via FTP is made a little more bearable by Dreamweaver.

In fact, Dreamweaver’s emphasis on interface design means you can work with fewer palette windows on the screen, if desired. You can actually drag tabs from one palette to another, creating a personalized interface that enables you to work with fewer windows that still have your favorite tools. This is a great way to get quick access to the tools you use regularly, particularly once you’ve worked with Dreamweaver a bit and gotten a sense of its capabilities.


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